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March 9, 1998 | JENNIFER OLDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When boosters for Santa Barbara County's tech industry began production on a 10-minute video extolling the region's virtues a year ago, office vacancy rates in some parts of the county stood at 40%. Just eight months later, the rate was 4%, convincing officials that the video should be used for a dual purpose: to attract new employers and to persuade local residents that those already there could grow without eroding the region's vaunted quality of life.
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March 9, 1998 | JENNIFER OLDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When boosters for Santa Barbara County's tech industry began production on a 10-minute video extolling the region's virtues a year ago, office vacancy rates in some parts of the county stood at 40%. Just eight months later, the rate was 4%, convincing officials that the video should be used for a dual purpose: to attract new employers and to persuade local residents that those already there could grow without eroding the region's vaunted quality of life.
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December 3, 1992 | KATHLEEN SHARP, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Michael Benedict crushed his first batch of grapes 21 years ago, the Santa Ynez Valley was known primarily for its cattle ranches and beet farms. No one thought much about tourism. Now the valley is the center of one of America's hottest wine-producing regions, attracting tour buses, celebrity seekers and carloads of tourists. And some of the vintners and wine lovers who created the interest are concerned that all the attention will ruin the pastoral valley.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2008 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Cash and lots of it. That's what Memory Glass owners Nick Savage and Loren Dion will need to pay for the growth they want for their Santa Barbara business, said consultant Gerald W. Harter, chairman of the Santa Barbara chapter of SCORE, formerly known as Service Corps of Retired Executives.
NEWS
December 9, 1998 | SALLY ANN CONNELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As vineyards began replacing cattle and horse ranches in this scenic region of northern Santa Barbara County, many neighbors assumed that quiet rows of grapes would preserve their pastoral way of life. But those wineries are increasingly hosting noisy weddings, parties and even concerts amid the rolling hills and oak chaparral. So, some valley residents fear an end to their treasured tranquillity.
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November 25, 2001 | BRIAN HANRAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
We hadn't been here long, but when the waitress tried to scoop a tiny mouse into a foam cup and the lawman seated near us reached for his gun, my wife and I knew this was no wine-sipping, cork-sniffing, brie-eating kind of town. And what a relief. Los Alamos is only about 15 miles north of the Santa Ynez Valley, the center of Santa Barbara County's wine industry, but this town of 1,000 largely seems to have avoided falling into a Pinot Noir abyss.
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